I interrupted our Annapolis Boat Show posts with news about the all female crew who sailed Let It Be for a week, but I wanted to share some additional thoughts from the boat show.
Some of the things we found at the boat show are practical and fun, like SeaSucker. Fountaine Pajot did a great job designing the Helia, but they missed out on some little details; like drink holders! SeaSucker, a company that makes suction cup accessories, to the rescue.
SeaSucker ~ these suckers really suc ~ tion that is!
Last year we bought some SeaSucker cup holders that can be moved to any flat surface on the boat. We have a set we leave at our helm station and they are constantly in use. We like SeaSucker products so well that we go by their Annapolis booth because they always have cool new stuff.
This year SeaSucker had a GoPro/camera mount that I decided we really needed:
SeaSucker Camera Mount
The camera in this picture is way more sophisticated than the one I currently have, but at least I know that if I buy a heavier camera, my SeaSucker is up to the task of holding it. I am hoping that we will get some great photos and group shots using this mount. SeaSucker has other cool stuff, like a mount to hold your Ipad or Kindle. The possibilities are endless!
Play time for us includes kiteboarding and sometimes that means we must communicate in a very wet environment. We want to make sure that when kiteboarding we can send a message for help or transmit a location beacon back to the boat without calling in the Coast Guard. DeLorme had a booth at the show and we were able to learn a bit about their InReach system. However, because technology changes so quickly, we are waiting as long as we can to make our decision about this satellite driven communication.
We were impressed with the reviews of these Spinlock PFDs so we searched out that booth as well. After trying on the PFDs and learning firsthand about features and maintenance, we decided the Spinlocks are comfortable and unobtrusive enough that we will wear them… essential when we get to the point of offshore/overnight passages.
That pretty much wraps up the “big” decisions from this years Boat Show for us. I was sad to leave the show and once again say goodbye to all the pretty new boats and shiny toys available. However, my credit card was happy to return to my wallet and get some rest as it had more use than usual!
Next week we will fly to Annapolis where we must suffer through the 2014 Sailboat Show. Dang! What a hardship!
According to an article in the Capital Gazette, only 130,000 of our sailing friends will descend upon Annapolis for the show.
Photo by Joshua McKerrow, on staff at Capital Gazette.
In 2012 at the Annapolis show, we wound our way through dock after dock of beautiful new boats, and the eye-candy was just too tempting. After comparing several sailboats, we fell in love with the Fountaine Pajot Helia. When we returned to Texas, we worked with Don Pietrykowski at TMM, and by good luck and fortunate timing, we were able to buy Let It Be and have her delivered to Tortola only four months later.
This year, the expenditures will be much smaller, but the research will be equally important. Once we live on LIB, we will need to make several additions; many for safety and some for comfort. Okay, and a few more just for fun!
The Annapolis Boat Show is an excellent opportunity to look at many brands in one place. Attending the show allows us to see and physically touch equipment as well as talk with well informed sales reps. While I make light of this, the Boat Show is actually a fabulous opportunity to gather excellent information and seriously compare product features and ease of use. Plus talking with others who have real-time experience with products we are considering helps us learn what we should be asking that we may not have considered.
Of course, walking docks and research is pretty thirsty work, so we might just have to have a painkiller or two ~ just to stay hydrated!